Last Guardian: Yoshida declines to commit to 2013 release

Sony "disappointed many people" with previous date, says worldwide studios boss

Sony has provided an update on long-in-development Team Ico project, The Last Guardian, but refused to commit to a release within the next year.


Asked if he could confirm a release in 2013, worldwide studios boss Shuhei Yoshida told French site Jeux Video "No, sorry, I cannot say that ... Because the last time we talked about a date for The Last Guardian, we finally disappointed many people."

Yoshida added that he can say "the team is working hard on the project, including the engine.

"It is precisely because [of] the teams working on the technical aspect of the game that we have nothing concrete to show you today," he added. "So now I'm waiting for the right time to introduce you to The Last Guardian and speak with confidence of a release date."

Back in February, Yoshida confirmed Sony has drafted in a number of Western first-party developers to support SCE Japan Studio's Team Ico on the highly-anticipated title.

The platform holder put Last Guardian's E3 no-show down to "technical difficulties" and later said Last Guardian will release "when it's ready".

Last Guardian designer designer Fumito Ueda announced his surprising departure from Sony late last year, but committed to finishing his duties on a contractual basis.